TAMC

Transportation Agency for Monterey County

Regional Transportation Plan

The Regional Transportation Plan for Monterey County satisfies state and federal requirements to identify transportation projects that can be funded over the next 20-years to serve the county’s transportation needs. The Transportation Agency has initiated the development of the 2022 Regional Transportation Plan, focusing on defining regional goals and policies.

The Transportation Agency released a survey for public participation in defining regional transportation goals and policies. The survey received 242 responses over the course of about 1 month. Results from the survey will be analyzed and posted to this website in the coming weeks. Questions presented in the survey were asked to the Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors during the October 23, 2019 meeting. Responses from Board members are summarized in the below document.

Thank you to all who participated in the survey to Define Regional Transportation Priorities. The Transportation Agency anticipates adoption of goals, policy objectives and performance measures in early 2020.

Regional transportation planning in California is a dynamic process. It involves the interaction of federal, state, regional, and local agencies and the consideration of multiple plans and programs. As the county’s state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County is tasked with developing a Regional Transportation Plan, or RTP, for the county to provide a basis for the allocation of state and federal transportation funds to transportation projects within the county over a long-range time frame. This 20-year plan addresses all forms of transportation, and includes the priorities and actions embodied in the plans prepared by each of the county’s 12 cities and the County of Monterey.

The Regional Transportation Plan includes the following three main components:

  • Policy Element: Identifies goals and policies for how the county will meet its needs.
  • Financial Element: Identifies the revenues that they Agency reasonably expects to to be available for projects over the life of the plan.
  • Action Element: Includes a list of prioritized transportation projects to serve the county’s long-term needs within the projected “budget” of transportation revenues consistent with goals and objectives established for the plan.

The Transportation Agency coordinates the regional planning process with the Association of Monterey Bay Governments (AMBAG). The Monterey County regional plan is included in the three county Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the Monterey Bay area. These documents are prepared to meet regional and state sustainability goals pursuant to Senate Bill 375, which requires that transportation plans be consistent with a Sustainable Communities Strategy for achieving greenhouse gas emissions targets set for the region. A new Sustainable Communities Strategy will be included in the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which is scheduled to be adopted in June 2022.

The 2018 Monterey County Regional Transportation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report prepared for the plan by AMBAG can be viewed following the links below. A link to the Monterey Bay 2040: Moving Forward Plan is also included.

An Environmental Impact Report pursuant to California Environmental Quality Act was prepared for the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Sustainable Communities Strategy, which also serves as the Environmental Impact Report for the 2018 Monterey County RTP. The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Sustainable Communities Strategy, along with information about public hearings, is available at: http://www.ambag.org/programs-services/planning/metro-transport-plan/2040-MTP-SCS

Follow the below link for updates on the development of AMBAG’s 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy: https://ambag.org/programs-services/planning/metro-transport-plan/2045-metropolitan-transportation-plansustainable

Madilyn Jacobsen is the Agency’s Regional Transportation Plan contact person. If you have any questions, you can reach her at (831) 775-4402, or via email at: madilyn@tamcmonterey.org